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Sometimes, if you have a tooth that’s sustained some sort of damage, you may need a root canal to restore or save the tooth. While you’ve probably heard of root canals before, it’s likely you don’t know everything that’s involved in the process.

So let’s take a quick look at what you should know about root canals and how they’re done here at Crossroads Dental.

Why do I need one?

A root canal is performed on teeth that have a serious injury or a large cavity that’s led to damage in the tooth’s root. The damage then leads to an infection in the root, which is incredibly painful.

A root canal removes the infected tissue and saves the rest of the tooth from succumbing to the infection. The tissue is the pulp – the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth.

How does a root canal work?

First, your dentist will remove the top of your tooth to access the pulp. Then the infected pulp is removed from your teeth. After that’s finished, you’ll have to have the tooth repaired with a crown and cement to restore its function and appearance. A root canal eliminates the need for a tooth extraction, but they’re still not the most pleasant experience you can undergo.

If you think you need a root canal, or you have a tooth that’s bothering you, please call us today at 757-541-2168 to schedule an appointment.